Carson Walton, six, and his kid sister Kayla stood in front of the toys they bought for young patients at BC Children’s Hospital.

VIDEO: Community rallies behind boy’s fundraiser for BC Children’s Hospital

Six-year-old collected nearly $2,600 to buy presents for sick kids

Six-year-old Carson Walton had modest expectations when he started collecting money at his family’s office, to buy presents for BC Children’s Hospital.

Thanks to the kindness of strangers, he raised eight times more than his goal of $300.

By the end of the fundraising drive, Carson, his parents Danny and Jennifer, and his four-year-old sister Kayla had a whopping $2,545 to shop for toys, that they delivered to the south Vancouver hospital on Dec. 19.

Carson created a fund jar for BC Children’s Hospital after remembering he had seen one like it last Christmas. He wanted to help sick and injured children.

His grandma Patti said a note attached to the jar, written by Carson, asked for others to donate and help.

“I’ve seen another house do it, and so I wanted to do it,” Carson told Black Press in early November. “They’re gonna get toys and I think they’re gonna be really happy.”

Visitors to his dad’s office, J & J Sales Ltd., #6 19510 – 55 Ave. on the Surrey/Langley border, donated to the fund and all the money collected was used to buy presents for kids staying at the hospital during the holiday season.

• SEE RELATED STORY HERE

Once the original story ran in the Langley Times’ online and print editions, the fundraiser took flight.

One man dropped off box full of nearly 40 pounds of coins, that he had been collecting for 20 years. The donation amounted to roughly $500.

“I saw the cute little boy in the newspaper,” Patti related, of what the visitor said when he walked into the office. “He said ‘I have no grandchildren, I’m moving from B.C. to Ontario and I have these coins and I’ve been collecting them for 20 years, and I want Carson to have them.’”

The man’s lone stipulation was that Carson buy himself a gift with some of the money, because he deserves a reward for his generosity.

Meanwhile, the story quickly went viral on social media and people were either dropping off donations at the office, or offering to e-transfer money to the cause.

“Teachers (at Carson’s school) saw the story and acknowledged Carson in their monthly newsletter,” Jennifer noted.

“We hit $1,000 in a couple of days,” Danny said, adding that he was impressed by how trusting people were, that the money was going to this cause.

The hospital gave the family a list of the different age groups of the children there, and the toys that were most appropriate. The family bought a range of items from Legos to tablets to colouring books.

In total, they purchased 75 toys and 17 gift cards.

Carson said it was “good” to drop off the toys “because I was giving toys to others.”

Danny said it was an overwhelming experience.

“They were so appreciative at the hospital,” Jennifer added.

And Patti said the lesson that this drive has taught Carson (and Kayla) will be “totally invaluable.”

“He understands that those kids are there and they’re sick and they’re going to be there maybe on Christmas Day,” Patti said.

 

Siblings Kayla and Carson Walton stood near BC Children’s Hospital, where the two joined their family to drop off presents for young patients on Tuesday, Dec. 19.

Just Posted

City of Surrey says pension benefits ‘guaranteed’ for police recruits

A National Police Federation representative says it may not be enough incentive

Surrey-area teens will have a ball at Christmas, thanks to collection effort

Realty company’s Bring on the Balls campaign now in its third year

City ready for ride-hailing, says Delta mayor

The city has set up business licence fees for ride-hailing on par with what taxis in Delta pay

Surrey groups receive funding for training support for people 55-plus

PICS getting $728K to help 120 people over two years

Gift-wrapping tips from a new-to-Surrey pro

Nikki Pursani aims to bring ‘happiness and excitement’ with her Wrapped by Nikki enterprise

VIDEO: More air-passenger rights go into effect this weekend

The first set of passenger rights arrived in mid-July in Canada

Swoop airlines adds three destinations in 2020 – Victoria, Kamloops, San Diego

Low-fair subsidiary of WestJet Airlines brings new destinations in April 2020

Aid a priority for idled Vancouver Island loggers, John Horgan says

Steelworkers, Western Forest Products returning to mediation

Navigating ‘fever phobia’: B.C. doctor gives tips on when a sick kid should get to the ER

Any temperature above 38 C is considered a fever, but not all cases warrant a trip to the hospital

Investigators confirm three died in B.C. plane crash

Transport Canada provides information bulletin, family of victim releases statement

Trudeau sets 2025 deadline to remove B.C. fish farms

Foes heartened by plan to transition aquaculture found in Fisheries minister mandate letter

Planning price tag for futuristic ‘We Town’ concept in Abbotsford revealed

Developer says highrises would house 30,000, but Abbotsford mayor says project is in wrong place

1,300-signature petition for free menstrual products turned over to UFV president

‘Go with the flow’ campaign calls for all University of the Fraser Valley bathrooms to be stocked

Wagon wheels can now be any size! B.C. community scraps 52 obsolete bylaws

They include an old bylaw regulating public morals

Most Read